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Who is swapping P67 for Z68?

Poll Results: What should I do?

 
  • 25% (11)
    Straight swap for B3 Asus P8P67 PRO
  • 22% (10)
    Upgrade to Asus P67 WS Revolution
  • 9% (4)
    Get a different brand P67 board (reccomendations?)
  • 36% (16)
    Z68 (what brand?)
  • 6% (3)
    Other (explain)
44 Total Votes  
post #1 of 23
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Hey, I have a ASUS P8P67 PRO that I bought on launch day from microcenter. I have until Sunday (the 15th) to go in and get either a replacement or store credit for the original amount that I paid.

For what its worth (if anyone is keeping tabs), my sataII ports failed about a month ago.

Seeing as Z68 is supposed to be released on the 11th (in 2 days, right?), I have been holding out to see what gets released. My microcenter is about an hour and a half away, but Saturday I am moving to Cleveland for the summer, and a Microcenter is supposedly across the street from my apartment.

My plan is to pull my Mobo, have it all packaged up before I leave Colorado Friday, then stop by microcenter on my way into Cleveland. Do you think they will have the new Z68 boards? Has anyone seen any reviews on them yet? I saw one or two a couple weeks ago but nothing comprehensive.

I am fairly happy with my ASUS board, with a few exceptions. First off, when going into sleep, it often wakes up minutes to half an hour later, randomly. (And no, I don't bump the mouse- I can hear the fans spin up from the other room.) I have been running stable at 4.6, but was able to boot with 5.0, however my 212+ couldn't keep up. Will be upgrading a bit in june (Intership FTW).

Should I go for the z68 boards? or upgrade to an ASUS WS. Revolution? (I plan to learn parallel programming this summer and will be upgrading GPUs, plus BF3 is coming out, so I might play that...) or swap brands?

Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks,
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post #2 of 23
The way I understand the Z68 is there is a 3rd part virtualized environment that allows quicksynch but it is alway running. Personally I am afraid these boards will have stability issues especially when overclocking. The whole Z68 approach to enabling quicksynch is concerning. Quicksynch is a big deal, for people who encode they will have better overall system performance using a stock i2600 with quicksynch than a 5ghz 2600K without quicksynch.

The SSD buffer thing, it has way lower performance than using an SSD boot drive. So no upgrade there.

I am hoping you can enable quicksynch without the third party BS the same way you can with an H67 (TV plugged into graphics card, monitor plugged into MB.) Does anyone know?
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post #3 of 23
I waited to swap my B2 board specifically so I could grab a Z68. Not because I plan to use SSD caching and not that I do a ton of video encoding. If anything, my decision is based on hopes that they would iron out any remaining quirks from the P67 B2 and B3 chipsets.

My Sata2 ports also failed about a month ago! At this point, I only have two complaints with my current P67 B2 board:

1. I get idle/low-use BSOD once or twice a week - and ONLY while watching youtube
2. I still can't overclock any memory
Edited by cmeeks - 5/9/11 at 10:41pm
    
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post #4 of 23
This is a personal preference thing. I'd like a z68, but am perfectly satisfied with my P67. I have the occasional cold boot hiccup, but so long as it works I don't feel like swapping anything.
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Probably me,i'll need to sell my Reference GTX 580 to buy a MSI GTX 580 LIGHNING
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post #6 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmeeks View Post
I waited to swap my B2 board specifically so I could grab a Z68. Not because I plan to use SSD caching and not that I do a ton of video encoding. If anything, my decision is based on hopes that they would iron out any remaining quirks from the P67 B2 and B3 chipsets.

1. I get idle/low-use BSOD once or twice a week - and ONLY while watching youtube
2. I still can't overclock any memory
+1

I also getting BSOD every once in a while under light load. Though memory isn't an issue for me.

I was thinking about going for the MSI Z68A-GD80. Lovely board.
post #7 of 23
Ga-p67a-ud7-b3
post #8 of 23
After seeing the colour scheme of the Gigabyte Z68-UD4, I kinda want to sell my P67-UD4 for it..I know it's a silly reason but man it looks so awesome. I'll wait and see what the UD5 looks like before deciding.
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SimpleTech, I saw your WC rig on xxtremesysytems.org. It's sick.
 
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post #10 of 23
Still considering to swap for the Z68 for the same reason in post #6 If I do, I'll probably go Gigabyte this time around.

EDIT: Then again, after seeing the Z68 GD80, I might have to consider buying this instead depending on reviews.
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/10/11 at 8:39am
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